American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See shrew.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common shrew of Europe; any small true shrew, like a mouse. See cuts under shrew.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A shrew; especially, the erd shrew.
- n. small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
- shrew + mouse (Wiktionary)
“Canadian hunter knows the track made by any bird or beast, from the deep broad print of the bear, to the tiny one of the little shrewmouse, which is the smallest four-footed beast in this or any other country.”
“The Indian hunters find their haunts by tracking their steps in the snow; for an Indian or Canadian hunter knows the track made by any bird or beast, from the deep broad print of the bear, to the tiny one of the little shrewmouse, which is the smallest four-footed beast in this or any other country.”
“The bite of the shrewmouse is dangerous to horses and other draught animals as well; it is followed by boils.”
“A shrewmouse broke cover in front of him, followed by its mate.”
“But the shrewmouse had crouched to dodge the shadow of a passing bird, and he saw him no more.”
“He saw his friend the shrewmouse scuffling with its mate; he saw the wood-mice nut-grubbing; he saw the night reunion of the stump-tailed voles; but the first of his own kind that he saw was mother.”
“ At present, in relation to this demand that he should learn Latin declensions and conjugations, Tom was in a state of as blank unimaginativeness concerning the cause and tendency of his sufferings, as if he had been an innocent shrewmouse imprisoned in the split trunk of an ash-tree in order to cure lameness in cattle.”
“So is the resemblance between a mouse and a shrewmouse (Sorex), which belong to different orders; and the still closer resemblance, insisted on by Mr. Mivart, between the mouse and a small marsupial animal (Antechinus) of Australia.”
“A robin trilled from a low rose-bush; two wrens searched diligently on a fallen tree for breakfast, quite unconcerned when I rested a moment beside them; and a shrewmouse slipped across the road followed directly by its mate.”
“The shrewmouse eyes me shudderingly, then flees; and, worse than that,”
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